Pharoah’s Serpents

Pharoah’s Serpents

Dalziel Brothers, engravers and possible artists

Fun (11 November 1865): 85

Text beneath main caption: “Or, what may be got out of the head of Government”

In Exodus 7:10-12 Pharoah has his “wise men and sorcerers” turn a wooden staff into a living serpent as Aaron has done. This cartoon, in other words, compares Gladstone to an evil ruler rather than a Mosaic prophet leading his people to freedom. — George P. Landow

Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

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